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10 of football's most ridiculous extravagances: Chelsea's barber, Wickham's champagne and more

Jon Spurling recalls some memorable instances of cash being splashed 

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1. Wickham bubbles over

Connor Wickham partied hard with a £17,500, 15-litre gold bottle of Armand de Brignac bubbly in Marbella

A few weeks after popping the champagne corks to celebrate Sunderland’s miraculous Premier League escape in 2014, now-Crystal Palace forward Connor Wickham partied hard with a £17,500, 15-litre gold bottle of Armand de Brignac bubbly in Marbella. “He didn’t really spray it everywhere,” an onlooker explained. “He and his mates actually drank it.” Unbelievable.

2. One man has an island

What does the footballer who has everything buy for his representative who also has everything? A Greek island, that’s what. In August, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, acting as best man for agent Jorge Mendes, purchased the unnamed Aegean retreat for a reported £10m.

“Cristiano really wanted to show Jorge how grateful he was for his guidance,” claimed a source. Wouldn’t a toaster or some towels have sufficed?

Jorge Mendes

"A Greek island? Just what I've always wanted"

3. Gigi Becali: kind of a big deal

Irate Steaua fans unfurled a banner suggesting Becali be “nailed to [his] f**king cross”

In 2005, Romanian newspapers claimed that Steaua Bucharest’s controversial owner Gigi Becali had commissioned a painting inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. The piece of art work, for which Becali allegedly paid upwards of $50,000, supposedly portrayed him as Christ, with 11 of the club’s players and the coach as disciples.

Becali denied the claims, but as his financial affairs later unravelled, irate Steaua fans unfurled a banner suggesting Becali be “nailed to [his] f**king cross”. Ooo-er.

4. JT’s close shave

For almost a decade, John Terry has shelled out around £145,000 to club hairdresser Leo Bancroft (motto: ‘Live your life, love your hair’) to ensure Chelsea barnets were well groomed.

“JT has covered the costs for all first-team players and staff to have their hair cut by me,” said Leo in early 2015. Terry saved some cash when Jose Mourinho shaved his own head with Fernando Torres’s clippers back in 2013.

Raul Meireles

How do you explain this then, John?

5. Private jets: expensive

Amokachi flogged the jet as soon as he could when he finished playing, saying: “It just cost too much money"

Former Everton striker Daniel Amokachi found out the hard way that owning your own private plane doesn’t exactly do wonders for your bank account. “To fly over Nigeria and get clearance to land is money,” the Nigerian forward once moaned. “To take care of it is money. To leave it overnight at the airport is money.”

Amokachi flogged the jet as soon as he could when he finished playing, saying: “It just cost too much money.” OK, Daniel, we get it.

He's currently managing JS Hercules in Finland's second division. Brrr!